Football ‘Cats play up and tumble to FCS Davidson by a 41-0 score


DAVIDSON (NC) – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats knew they would have their hands full with unbeaten and FCS foe Davidson on the road Saturday at Richardson Stadium.

The Bobcats have nothing to be ashamed about in their 41-0 setback to the higher-level Wildcats.

Wesleyan trailed by just a 17-0 score at the half and limited Davidson to 36 yards passing.

The big disrepency for the Bobcats came on the ground as Davidson ran the ball 54 times for 357 yards while Wesleyan managed just 32 yards on 34 sacks.

Bridgeport product John Merica had an outstanding day as he finished the game with 16 tackles, 10 solo and six assists to go along with one pass break-up.

The game was scoreless for the first 9:55 of the first quarter before Eli Tucker scored on a 14-yard-pass from Tyler Phelps for Davidson.

Caden Bonoffski was good on his kick as the Wildcats took a 7-0 lead.

Kaheel Shaw scored on a 15-yard run with 2:32 left in the first quarter as Davidson took a 14-0 lead.

The only scoring in the second quarter was a 23-yard field goal by Bonoffski as that treated Davidson to a 17-0 lead at the half.

Eli Turner scored on a 67-yard run and Aris Hilliard scored on a nine-yard run for Davidson’s two touchdowns in the third quarter.

Bonoffski hit a 35-yard field goal and Louis Colosimo had a 24-yard scoring run for Davidson in the fourth quarter.

Wesleyan managed 186 yards of total offense – getting 154 through the air and 32 on the ground.

Kord Jenkins lead the Wesleyan ground game with 59 yards on 12 attempts.

Jarrett Northrop completed 13 of his 29 passes for 156 yards. He was picked off twice.

Wesleyan quarterbacks were sacked four times for 28 yards.

Devin Taylor was the top receiver for Wesleyan with 65 yards on six catches.

Davidson finished the game with 393 yards with 357 yards on the ground.

Turner led the offense on the ground with 110 yards on seven carries.

Phelps completed three of his seven passes for 30 yards.

Wesleyan (0-2) will return to action this Saturday on the road for a Mountain East Conference clash with Charleston at noon.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan 0  0  0  0 – 0

Davidson                     14  3  14  10 – 41

Davidson – Eli Tucker, 14-yard pass from Tyler Phelps (Caden Bonoffski kick).

Davidson – Kaheel Shaw, 15-yard run (Bonoffski kick).

Davidson – Bonoffski, 23-yard field.

Davidson – Eli Turner, 67-yard run (Bonoffski kick).

Davidson – Aris Hilliard, 9-yard run (Bonoffski kick).

Davidson – Bonoffski, 35-yard field goal.

Davidson – Louis Colosimo, 24-yard run (Bonoffski kick).

TEAM STATISTICS

First downs – West Virginia Wesleyan: 14 (5 rushing, 8 passing, 1 penalty); Davidson: 21 (19 rushing, 2 passing, 0 penalty).

Rushing yards – West Virginia Wesleyan: 32; Davidson: 357.

Passing yards – West Virginia Wesleyan: 154; Davidson: 36.

Total yards – West Virginia Wesleyan: 186; Davidson: 393.

Passes – West Virginia Wesleyan: 14-30-2; Davidson: 4-9-0.

Fumbles – West Virginia Wesleyan: 0; Davidson: 1.

Fumbles lost – West Virginia Wesleyan: 0; Davidson: 1.

Punts – West Virginia Wesleyan: 4-23.5; Davidson: 1-48.0

Time of Possession: West Virginia Wesleyan: 30:15; Davidson: 29:45.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing

West Virginia Wesleyan – Kord Jenkins 12-59; Shaq Freeman-Park 4-5; Lawrence Brown 3-4; Devin Taylor 3-(-3); Derek Drapen 0-(-4); Jarrett Northrop 9-(-13); Josh Stewart 3-(-16). Totals 34-32.

Davidson – Eli Turner 7-110 (1 touchdown); Kahleel Shaw 7-52 (1 touchdown); James Story 13-48; Louis Colosimo 5-39 (1 touchdown); Pat Tabor 2-34; Aris Hilliard 3-18 (1 touchdown) ; Dylan Sparks 4-18; Coy Williams 2-15; Tyler Phelps 6-14; Bradyn 4-8; Kenny Collins 1-1. Totals 54-3676 (4 touchdowns).

Passing

West Virginia Wesleyan – Northrop 13-for-29 for 156 yards, 0 touchdowns, 2 interceptions; Stewart 1-for-1 for (-2) yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions. Totals 14-for-30 for 154, 0 touchdowns, 2 interceptions.

Davidson – Phelps 3-for-7 for 30 yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions; Colosimo: 1-for-1 for 6 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions; Hunter Louthan 0-for-1 for 0 yards , 0 touchdowns, 0 interceptions. Totals 4-for-9 for 36 yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions.

Receiving

West Virginia Wesleyan – Devin Taylor 6-65; Derek Drapen 3-43; Chelo Teneval 1-19; Kord Jenkins 2-12; Tre Gulley 1-8; Freeman-Park 1-7. Totals 14-154.

Davidson – Eli Turner 1-14 (1 touchdown); Jalen Staples 1-11; Satchel Moore 1-6; Kahleel Shaw 1-5. Totals 4-36 (1 touchdown).

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